The other day, one of my workmates was complaining that a carpenter who was doing some work produced this "labourer stink". I had noticed it too but in my book it was intoxicating rather than repulsive. He was about 17 with a slightly black haired chest (he was Polynesian), wearing a singlet, board shorts and dusty workboots your tongue would never do justice to. He also had the bushiest armpits I have ever seen, which was quite incredible and no wonder the waft they produced just permeated the atmosphere. Straight guys and gay guys react differently to smells. As the New York Times reported:
Using a brain imaging technique, Swedish researchers have shown that homosexual and heterosexual men respond differently to two odors that may be involved in sexual arousal, and that the gay men respond in the same way as women.So gay men rate your sexual attractiveness by the stink of your armpit (as do women, apparently, but I don't want to speak for them). But before any of you straight guys think you have a more civilised way of subconsciously, olfactorily selecting a mate, National Geographic reports:
The scientists exposed heterosexual men and women and homosexual men to chemicals found in male and female sex hormones. One chemical is a testosterone derivative produced in men's sweat. The other chemical is an estrogen-like compound in women's urine. These chemicals have long been suspected of being pheromones, molecules emitted by one individual that evoke some behavior in another of the same species. Pheromones trigger basic responses, such as sexual attraction.Seems hanging out around the Ladies is as good a scoring place as any if you are heterosexual.
Meanwhile back to the armpits. A cycle courier just turned up... must go attend him.